Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Strange Tales

US pulp Magazine, 7 issues, bimonthly then quarterly, September 1931-January 1933, published by Clayton Magazines, New York; ed Harry Bates (1900-1981).

Short-lived companion to Astounding Stories and a close rival to Weird Tales in terms of the quality of its stories. Unlike WT, the emphasis was on action and adventure rather than unusual concepts. There were typical tales of Black Magic, Mummies, Vampires and Ghosts, though others showed more originality. Stories of merit included: "Wolves of Darkness" (January 1932) by Jack Williamson; "The Trap" (March 1932) by Henry S Whitehead; "The Thing that Walked on the Wind" (January 1933) by August W Derleth (>>> Wendigo); and "Murgunstrumm" (January 1933) by Hugh B Cave. Other popular contributors included Arthur J Burks (1898-1974), Ray Cummings (1887-1957), Paul Ernst (1899-1985), Robert E Howard, Gordon MacCreagh (1886-1953), Victor Rousseau (real name Victor Rousseau Emmanuel; 1879-1960) and Clark Ashton Smith. Most of the stories from all but #7 were reprinted in The Magazine of Horror and its companions. A facsimile anthology is Strange Tales (anth 1976) ed William H Desmond et al.

The title was also used for two post-WWII booklets (nd but February-March 1946) ed Walter Gillings (uncredited), reprinting fiction from US Pulps, especially WT. [MA]

see also: Doctor Strange.


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.